Turkish Day Parade Held

  • Turkish Americans participated in the Turkish Day Parade in Manhattan on Saturday, May 21 (Photos by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)
The annual Turkish Day Parade organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations (TADF) was celebrated for the 35th time in New York on May 21.

Representatives of the Turkish community from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania joined New Yorkers to watch the raising of the Turkish and American flags while the national anthems of both countries were played. About 4,000-5,000 people attended the event.

The Turkish parade started at Madison Avenue and 56th Street in the morning, and traveled to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th Street and 1st Avenue, where the parade was followed by a concert.

President of TADF Atilla Pak said that the organizations had not received any funding support from the Turkish government this year but said the Turkish American community was in a position to handle all difficulties. Pak said that “we didn’t feel any resentment toward the Turkish government.”

Turkish Consul-General in New York Ertan Yalçın, who attended, confirmed that the government didn’t send any funds for the Turkish festival.

Some participants held signs saying, in both Turkish and English, “Turkey is secular and will remain secular.”

Turkey’s UN Permanent Representative, Ambassador Halit Cevik, and Washington Ambassador Serdar Kilic of Turkey did not participate to parade.

Orhan Akkurt was there to watch the parade.

 

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